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3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  41,220 Ratings  ·  713 Reviews
The peaceful suburban life on Poplar Street in Wentworth, Ohio is shattered one fine day when four vans containing shotgun-wielding "regulators" terrorize the street's residents, cold-bloodedly killing anyone foolish enough to venture outdoors. Houses mysteriously transform into log cabins and the street now ends in what looks like a child's hand-drawn western landscape. M ...more
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Published February 19th 2009 by Penguin Audio (first published January 1st 1996)
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Jim It's sort of a "parallel universe" story. The characters are similar, just in a different situation.
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Jimmy
May 07, 2009 Jimmy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It feels unusual to give this thing such a high rating. I remember the beginnings of almost all of his novels surpassing the endings as far as my interest in King's writing goes. Maybe I just prefer open-ended scenarios a lot more, whether it be with film or literature, and he tends to try to wrap the plot up at seemingly arbitrary points in the story. His endings are hyperbolically ridiculous too. Anyway, what I remember so vividly about this story was the insane suburban slaughter at the begin ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Nov 07, 2015 Benjamin Thomas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I read more than 150 novels each year and have read most of King's stuff. Obviously, with so much output from one writer, there are bound to be hits and misses. This one was a miss, in my opinion but there is still enough here to make it worth the read.

I had already read Desperation, the companion book to this volume, and came away with the feeling that I had just experienced a pretty good King novel. It also was far from his best but I enjoyed it nonetheless. So, naturally, I turned to this boo
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Becky
It's been a while since I read this book. I had some pretty fond memories of it, and it's always been my favorite of two companion books that King/Bachman published together. They are alternate realities, kind of mirror images, of each other... But The Regulators is also a link to the Dark Tower universe as well.

We have the same characters (plus some new), but in different roles and with different perspectives and personas than we saw in Desperation. We have a different setting, suburban Ohio r
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Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
There's no Stalky Little Boy. Never was. There's a THING inside of Seth--not an id, not another manifestation of his personality, not a hitchhiker, but something like a tapeworm. It can think. And talk. It talked to me today--it calls itself Tak.

This novel is a companion novel to Desperation which I read earlier this year, and I have to say, I enjoyed this one so much more. The story in this one was more linear and easier to follow, and the characters are all more real, less caricatured vers
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Wayne Barrett

Actual 3.5

Maybe if I had read this before I read Desperation I would have liked it more? That seems to be the consensus from many of the other reviews I read.

Anyway, having read Desperation prior to The Regulators, I was not able to enjoy this book nearly as much. We're pretty much dealing with the same bad-guy, and the same characters, only told from a different place and from a different perspective.

It's not that I don't like cross-overs or stories that tie in together; I actually love it, a
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Kandice
This is the companion book to Desperation, and although it's listed here as being written by Stephen King, it was actually Richard Bachman. Ha ha, for those of you that know they are one and the same. King/Bachman uses the same character names in both books which makes for an exercise in memory if they are read close together. For the first 100 or so pages I would think of the character from Desperation as the name was recycled in The Regulators. As a testament to his skill, after that point, I ...more
Andrew Fourn
Likely my least favorite King book. Weak all around.

Writing: 2
Typical King fare. Decent writing, but nothing to go nuts about.

Story: 1
I...I have no idea what this book was about. A demon-possessed kid who could project his imagination onto the real world...? Ummm...yea, I have no idea what the heck was going on.

Characters: 2
Surprisingly weak for a King story. No one I could relate to. Too many cookie cutter suburbanites who weren't fleshed out enough for me to remember who was who.

Other Factors:
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Alissa
Jul 12, 2014 Alissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
My brain is practically shot. I've been studying all damn day and believe me The Regulators and Food Sanitation doesn't mix well. At some point I will try to give this a more proper review. Until then this will be just fine. If not, sue me.
Anyway, The Regulators is a slight step away from its mirror, Desperation. I'm not going to compare the two, you can do that yourself but I will say, they are both good in their own rights. Maybe to long or scattered or the ending didn't work like it should or
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Franco  Santos
Buen libro de King. Sinceramente es una novela que está muy simplemente escrita. No tiene una narración compleja y de calidad sino más bien pobre y con carácter aficionado. Con esto quiero decir que no se esperen la misma calidad literaria de otros libros de este autor, porque de eso mismo carece.

Con respecto a la historia tengo que decir que es muy buena. Desde la primera página te atrapa de manera rápida y profunda. De hecho es un libro que lo empecé a las 21 y me lo terminé a la 1. Avanzás c
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Chris
Excellent. While this was the third time I've read The Regulators, it's the first time I read it immediately after Desperation.

It's fun to compare the two while reading, to see what scenes are similar and what characters change roles.

But this book is more enjoyable to me than Desperation, as it has a much quicker edge-of-your-seat pace.
Craig *ARISEN FROM THE ABYSS*
Really enjoyed this! It was very violent indeed but the way the story played out was excellent. Had a shocking ending but also quite a sweet 'epilogue' too.
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Lisa Litberg
Sep 11, 2007 Lisa Litberg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror fans
I don't know how I missed this book over the years. I've read most of the Stephen King library. The Regulators is good, solid King--not, perhaps, one of my favorites, but a captivating (and chilling) read. As is common in his novels, the characters are strong, and the constant "Where does he come UP with this stuff?" question runs through the reader's mind. It starts off strong--action happens almost immediately--and feeds the reader enough information in the beginning to hook them but not enoug ...more
Lorena
Meh, had high expectations for this book. I didn't know it was a dual plot but whatever.

The first chapter made me think that this is going to be an adventure for me, finally, after the classics I've been reading this period, but no. I couldn't follow anymore, the characters were coming out of nowhere. There was this character, the cop or former cop, doesn't really matter, about whom I kept asking myself what the heck is he doing here and what's his role in the plot besides talking nonsense. I c
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Jason P
Aug 21, 2014 Jason P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, stephen-king

I waited idle by while dust collected on top of this pocket read. It sat there waiting, patiently for me to finally reach out and read it. The Regulators title glaring at me every night before going to bed, a subtle rumble coming from within "Tak! Tak a La!"

I opened the jacket cover and was thrown face first on to Poplar Street. I was in the King Bachman Universe. Nothing could go well from here, I'm sure the constant readers will agree.

For Seth Garin life can be difficult in some ways, some wo
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Amanda
Aug 27, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most frightening and horrible books I've ever read. Oh God, this story unfolds with a kind of unnatural speed and a huge amount of horror. As I was reading, I almost wished i could stop because it was just too scary. I'm really scared of being in a situation where it doesn't seem like there's a way out.

What Stephen King/ Richard Bachman does in this book is explore the unnatural beings in the Dark Tower universe and the imagination of a child. He brings together two polar opposites: T
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Litzy
Dec 03, 2015 Litzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, ebook
me ha tenido enganchada de principio a fin. El siguente libro que quiero leer de Stephen King es Desesperacion.

Los personajes me ha gustado. Algunos como en cada libro que leo de Stephen King los he acabado deseando la muerte xD

Lo recomiendo.
Amashi
This kid Seth totally creeped me out. His imagination is kind of outlandish. I was a bit bored reading this book. Confusing beginning and King has included too many characters.
Ending was good and met my expectations.
Carol
Oct 08, 2007 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first S. King book. For a while there, I was a bit bored, but all in all, esp given the ending (which I thought was quite heartwarming for a 'horror' novel), I'm giving it three stars. Don't think I'll read anymore of his work, as I realize that I like to watch horror a heck of a lot more than reading it.

Maybe, too, I'm a bit snooty because recently I read "Dracula" and wow, now THAT was amazing.
Felina
Nov 22, 2011 Felina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I should write a review. I've been trying to be good about reviews but I know this one will just turn into a pool of mushy King love. I loved this book!

F*#& you Tak!
Bill
Jan 23, 2008 Bill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I stuck through this until the bitter end and didn't like it.
Brady
Nov 22, 2015 Brady rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Steven King says at the beginning of The Bachman Books that from the very start of his pseudonym, fans were writing Bachman asking if he was secretly King. By the time Regulators was coming along, everybody already knew, so yeah, there was no point hiding, but you'd think Stevie would try something to separate this from his usual fare. This was just a huge gout of Steven King cliches fitted to the Steven King cliche 500 pages.

Let's see. We've got a sleepy New England suburb where everything is
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Kandice
Mar 18, 2010 Kandice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the companion book to Desperation, and although it's listed here as being written by Stephen King, it was actually Richard Bachman. Ha ha, for those of you that know they are one and the same. King/Bachman uses the same character names in both books which makes for an exercise in memory if they are read close together. For the first 100 or so pages I would think of the character from Desperation as the name was recycled in The Regulators. As a testament to his skill, after that point, I ...more
Monika
Dec 08, 2015 Monika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
För den som följer min blogg så är det ju ingen överraskning att Stephen King i det närmaste är min husgud. Därför blev jag väldigt förvånad när jag för något år sedan upptäckte en bok jag helt hade missat. Det kan ha att göra med att det är en av de böcker han skrivit under pseudonymen Richard Bachman, men jag trodde jag hade koll på dem också. Dessutom hör den ihop med boken Desperation, som King skrivit under eget namn. De är tvillingböcker och släpptes på samma dag. Man träffar samma människ ...more
Chase
Jun 25, 2010 Chase rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting. I love the concept of aliens, ghosts, and western all mixed into one. It was not king's best, but I guess it is not really King; it is his alternate ego Richard Bachman.
The only problem with this book was that there were so many characters that I had a hard time keeping track of who was who. One of King's many gifts is that I am able to build personal attachments with each character, but because this book had such a long list of characters I had a tough time being dra
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Chiara
Jul 20, 2015 Chiara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Brutto, brutto, brutto!!
Non mi è proprio piaciuto.
Stranamente, ho trovato i personaggi poco caratterizzati (molto, molto strano) e la trama per niente avvincente.
La storia in sé non mi ha fatto provare alcuna emozione... anzi, una si: indifferenza.
Solitamente mi affeziono ai personaggi, ma stavolta, niente, nothing, nada, niet, nisba!!
Mi è stato detto che Desperation, trama più o meno simile a questa, sia 325403450 volte migliore.

(Steve, anche se 'sto libro non mi è piaciuto per niente, ti ador
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Spider the Doof Warrior
I actually finished this ages ago. I don't know how to feel about it because Stephen King like so many other writers do not know BEANS about autism.


Currently reading this again. Autism isn't the same thing as being catatonic. Just because someone autistic doesn't seem like they are in the world doesn't mean they aren't! If anything, autistic people are OVER stimulated by the world.

Perhaps.

Guh. Stephen King like so many others does NOT understand autism. It's really frustrating.
Melek G.
Aug 21, 2014 Melek G. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Left this one around the halfway done mark.

As a big fan of King, I feel all kinds of bad and sorry to say this, but The Regulators is the worst novel of him that I have ever read. It was just bland and I was neither excited nor intrigued. I simply couldn't turn another page.
Matthew Behling
Only Stephen King can write a novel about Power Rangers-esque action figures come to life, autism, an old west shootout, and an evil entity named Tak, all set in Ohio suburbia. Not his finest work, but action packed and a fast read!
Pamela Scott
May 14, 2014 Pamela Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
I haven’t read The Regulators for a long time, a couple of years at least and I forgot how brilliant it is. It was a joy to read it again and remember how damn good it is.

In many ways The Regulators is just like Desperation. An ancient evil that goes by the name Tak escapes its underground prison and takes possession of an innocent bystander and all hell breaks loose.

The Regulators and Desperation could be seen as the same story executed in very different ways. The similarities start and end wit
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This is a Stephen King pseudonym.

Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his parents separated when Stephen was a toddler, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When S
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